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Troubleshooting Your Heat Pump

December 01, 2021

If your home stays warm during the colder months through the means of a heat pump, you probably enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency and effective heating and cooling year-round. However, if your heat pump signals the need for a repair, it’s best to inspect your system and try out these troubleshooting tips before you give our team at Air Care Systems a call for expert advice and repairs.

Whether your heat pump fails to meet your temperature demands or it seems to take an extended amount of time to control your home’s temperature, it’s time to put on your inspector cap and investigate your heat pump. Keep reading to learn how to troubleshoot your heat pump and discover the root of the problem.

Inspect the Thermostat

If you’re experiencing issues with your system not cooling or heating, first check the thermostat. If you want the heat pump to heat your home and it’s set to cool, or the fan is running regularly, your vents will distribute cool air. The same goes for cooling; make sure to check the thermostat to ensure your heat pump isn’t feeding warm air into your home on a hot day!

Another potential cause of an insufficient heat pump could be an issue with your thermostat itself. If the unit is operating as usual but still can’t quite reach your desired temperature, the thermostat may need to be adjusted and recalibrated. Occasionally, family members or furniture bumping into the system can result in an unleveled thermostat.

Check the Power

Suppose the unit isn’t turning on at all. In that case, first, ensure a circuit breaker has not tripped. Your indoor and outdoor units should be on separate breakers. If one or both have tripped, try resetting them and then turning the units back on. If it’s a recurring problem, call for professional assistance.

Your outdoor heat pump may have a power disconnect switch; they’re typically mounted on the side of the home near the unit. Ensure the switch is on and the fuse is in good condition. Make sure your indoor unit’s power switch is on as well.

Look at the Outdoor Unit

The winters in Huntsville can get surprisingly cold! It’s no surprise that in the chillier months, your outdoor unit may be left with frost or ice on the connection to your home. While minimal frost and freeze are expected, if it’s affecting the performance of your heat pump, it’s time to call in our experts for professional heat pump services.

Even if you don’t spot frost or ice, it’s a good idea to look at the coils on your outdoor unit to ensure they aren’t dirty or clogged. If you discover debris and buildup, show your outdoor unit some TLC and remove it with a quick cleaning.

Replace the Air Filters

Whether you own a conventional HVAC system or a heat pump, all homeowners should follow up with regular maintenance by consistently changing the filters for their unit. Filters are designed to remove contaminants such as dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, from entering your home’s atmosphere.

Over time, filters can become clogged with the trapped dust and particles, resulting in minimal airflow from your unit. If neglected for long periods, the lifespan of your unit can quickly shorten, and your home’s indoor air quality will be negatively affected. Remember to change your air filters consistently!

Heat Pump Repairs in Huntsville

We understand how frustrating it can be when your heat pump is malfunctioning, and your home’s comfort levels are affected! Air Care Systems is here to provide professional and reliable heat pump repairs for households in Huntsville and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (256) 537-9987 or complete our contact form to schedule your repair.